At Risk: Improvements to Tax Credits for Working Families, Amounts by Congressional District and County


December 1, 2015

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Congress has an opportunity this fall to save key provisions of two tax credits that benefit working families across Wisconsin. Unless Congress takes action to make improvements to these federal credits permanent, working families will pay more in taxes and have a harder time making ends meet.

More than 150,000 Wisconsin families and 301,000 Wisconsin children will be harmed if federal policymakers fail to save key provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) that are set to expire. These families will lose an average of $1,100 per year they could use to make investments that help them keep working and improve the economic security of their family, such as paying for car repairs or saving for their children’s college educations.

The EITC and CTC are only available to people who work, and mostly benefit parents who work at low-paying jobs. Both credits have long-term benefits for children, which can help break the cycle of poverty.

The improvements to the EITC and CTC don’t expire until the end of 2017, but lawmakers have an opportunity this fall to make the improvements permanent. Several temporary corporate tax provisions are expiring soon, and advocates for working families believe that if the businesses tax breaks are made permanent, improvements to tax credits for struggling working families should also be made permanent in the same legislation.

The following tables show the estimated value of the tax credits working families in each Congressional District and county will lose in 2018 if Congress does not take action. In total, Wisconsin families stand to lose $173.4 million in tax credits.

Amount Working Families Will Lose if Congress Does not Act to Save Key Provisions of Tax Credits

Estimated dollar amounts of loss of improvements to EITC and CTC, starting in 2018, by Congressional District and county.

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

AMOUNT AT RISK

 

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

AMOUNT AT RISK

 

District 1

       $20,547,000

 

District 5

    $ 13,352,000

 

District 2

          17,210,000

 

District 6

       17,412,000

 

District 3

       19,872,000

 

District 7

       21,393,000

 

District 4

       43,402,000

 

District 8

       20,212,000

 
           

COUNTY

AMOUNT AT RISK

 

COUNTY

AMOUNT AT RISK

 

Adams

         $ 637,000

 

Iowa

         $ 669,000

 

Ashland

           652,000

 

Iron

           193,000

 

Barron

         1,627,000

 

Jackson

           694,000

 

Bayfield

           492,000

 

Jefferson

         2,030,000

 

Brown

         8,031,000

 

Juneau

           940,000

 

Buffalo

           382,000

 

Kenosha

         5,722,000

 

Burnett

           570,000

 

Kewaunee

           475,000

 

Calumet

         1,053,000

 

La Crosse

         2,910,000

 

Chippewa

         1,929,000

 

Lafayette

           480,000

 

Clark

         1,019,000

 

Langlade

           630,000

 

Columbia

         1,376,000

 

Lincoln

           752,000

 

Crawford

           595,000

 

Manitowoc

         2,135,000

 

Dane

         9,940,000

 

Marathon

         4,129,000

 

Dodge

         2,106,000

 

Marinette

         1,233,000

 

Door

           656,000

 

Marquette

           437,000

 

Douglas

         1,392,000

 

Menominee

           427,000

 

Dunn

         1,168,000

 

Milwaukee

       49,318,000

 

Eau Claire

         2,731,000

 

Monroe

         1,573,000

 

Florence

           122,000

 

Oconto

         1,023,000

 

Fond du Lac

         2,602,000

 

Oneida

           953,000

 

Forest

           338,000

 

Outagamie

         4,355,000

 

Grant

         1,302,000

 

Ozaukee

         1,030,000

 

Green

           972,000

 

Pepin

           189,000

 

Green Lake

           518,000

 

Pierce

           733,000

 

Polk

         $1,322,000

 

Taylor

         $636,000

Portage

         1,705,000

 

Trempealeau

           833,000

Price

           397,000

 

Vernon

           947,000

Racine

         7,044,000

 

Vilas

           662,000

Richland

           557,000

 

Walworth

         2,841,000

Rock

         5,836,000

 

Washburn

           578,000

Rusk

           568,000

 

Washington

         2,133,000

St. Croix

         1,696,000

 

Waukesha

         4,781,000

Sauk

         1,828,000

 

Waupaca

         1,395,000

Sawyer

           692,000

 

Waushara

           739,000

Shawano

         1,378,000

 

Winnebago

         4,268,000

Sheboygan

         3,188,000

 

Wood

       2,138,000

         
     

Total for Wisconsin

$173,400,000

 

Source: Analysis of figures from Citizens for Tax Justice and Brookings EITC Interactive                                   WISCONSIN BUDGET PROJECT

 

 

Notes: The total amount at risk for Wisconsin residents in 2018 is from “Making the EITC and CTC Expansions Permanent Would Benefit 13 Million Working Families,” by Citizens for Tax Justice, published February 20, 2015. That publication also includes separate estimates for the EITC and CTC improvements by state.

The EITC amounts at risk for residents in each county and Congressional District were estimated by multiplying the total amount at risk for Wisconsin by the percentage of total 2013 EITC dollars for Wisconsin received by tax filers in each county and Congressional District, as shown in the Brookings EITC Interactive.

The CTC amounts at risk were estimated by multiplying the total amount at risk for Wisconsin by the percentage of the 2013 refundable CTC dollars for Wisconsin that were received by tax filers in each county who also received the EITC.

The amounts at risk for the EITC and the CTC were added together to estimate the total amount at risk for each county and Congressional District.